Marrdja Boardwalk - Take a Stroll Through Time in the Daintree Rainforest

‘Fascinating’ is a word often used to describe the Daintree Rainforest, and for good reason! This incredible rainforest is a paradise for nature lovers as the rich vegetation and thriving wildlife allow you to get lost in the beauty of this natural park.

The Daintree Rainforest spreads across 1200km² of ground and is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in Queensland north-eastern Australia. The vibrant green forest creates a great setting for photographs, but even pictures cannot translate the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds you during your visit. There are many trails and boardwalks that spread throughout the park, providing visitors with the unique opportunity to go and explore the heart of the rainforest, these walks allow you to see some of the world’s most diverse range of trees and plants.

The Marrdja Boardwalk is among the most accessible, and most interesting of all these trails. It is a looped walk that begins and ends at Oliver’s Creek, a glistening stream that emerges from beneath the thick rainforest canopy. Since it is only 1.2km in length and is entirely wheelchair accessible, many people don’t expect much of the trail, but although the walk is short, it will take you on a 350-million-year journey through the park’s history. The informative signs along the boardwalk will teach you of this land from prehistoric times, and as you walk you will find the signs explaining that this rainforest is one of the only places on earth to still be preserving many ancient trees.

Marrdja Boardwalk

What makes this walk even more incredible is that as you go along, you will be able to see living specimens of each significant stage of plant evolutions over the last 350 million years. The constantly changing scenery and vegetation along this boardwalk are captivating, and will keep you enthralled as you stroll along the incredible Marrdja Boardwalk. On the way you will come across a viewing platform which looks out over Noah Creek, providing you with a great chance to take some photos and you may even catch sight of a few crocodiles lurking in the waters.

Meandering the Marrdja Boardwalk

Mangroves, Mist and Streams

Mangroves

The Daintree forest and the entirety of Cape Tribulation boast many stupendous boardwalks through the trees but the Marrdja has to be the best. Meandering down the Marrdja boardwalk takes you into another world where the lush vegetation keeps changing and evolving and the richness of the earth and the forest echoes with life. The tangle of figs trees embracing each other, the gentle music of the bright streams spilling over rocks and the mangrove forests entwining with the dewy fresh rainforest makes for an incredible sojourn.

Where Dinosaurs Once Walked Marrdja Boardwalk tree

Marrdja Boardwalk

The Marrdja boardwalk doesn’t only span for a kilometre, it spans for millions upon millions of years. There are spikes, plants and species that date back to the Jurassic period meaning that perhaps this was a place where dinosaurs once walked. The ease on which the track has been laid out ensures that everyone can enjoy a ramble through the dark heart of the jungle. The path loops and winds and finishes with beautiful views over the picturesque colours and charm of Noah Creek.

Rare and Elusive Sights

If you listen carefully you may hear the infamous Australian Brush Turkeys pecking around the forest floor, you can catch sight of the rare and often elusive Little Kingfisher and you can often hear the rising crescendo of the Wompoo Fruit Dove. Bird watchers will adore taking the time to explore the Marrdja boardwalk as will those who have a vetted interest in the botanical side of life. The wealth of flora and fauna that span back for as far as 400 million years make the Marrdja one of the most exciting and evocative places to visit during your Daintree Tours.

Short and Simple Explorations

Don’t let the wet weather put you off as during the rainy season this is when the Daintree and the Marrdja boardwalk truly springs to life. During the downpours the earth becomes richer, the flowers more fragrant, the mist in the trees thicker and all the animals come out to play. The short and simple opportunity offered by the Marrdja boardwalk ensures that exploring off the beaten track and discovering the breath-taking beauty of the rainforest has never been easier.

A visit to the Daintree Rainforest will reward you with some great sightings of wildlife, with thousands of fluttering butterflies and soaring birds, to rare glimpses of goannas and Australia’s famous Kangaroos. You’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience exploring this vast and fascinating National Park.

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